Lyonia lucida

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Fetterbush, Shiny Lyonia


Plant Specifics

Size:2-6 (10) ft tall by clonal, 4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Phenology:Evergreen, blooms late winter to early spring
Habitats:Flatwoods, dome swamp (on hummocks), scrub, scrubby flatwoods. In wetlands typically on hummocks.


Recommended Uses:May be used as a hedge and takes to pruning.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Attracts bees.  The following bees were observed visiting flowers of Lyonia lucida at Archbold Biological Station as reported in the Coastal Plain Wiki.

  • Apidae: Bombus impatiens
  • Halictidae: Lasioglossum placidensis